Today I celebrate my 200th post and over 12,000 views, and I owe it to all of you.
First, I want to thank those first 10 people who commented on my blog: Adventures in Reading, Rebecca (only e-mail given), John Mutford @ The Book Mine Set, Swimanog, Lezlie @ Books ‘N Border Collies, Beastmomma, Aaron @ That’s The Book, Heather @ Book Addiction, J. Kay Martin (only e-mail given) and Lightheaded @ everyday reads.
Second, I want to thank the following individuals for commenting on my blog more than 20 times:
- Jessica @ The Bluestocking Society (27), who most recently has been running a Lit Flicks Challenge, which I have been enjoying (and even commented this morning– go figure)
- Gautami @ Reading Room (25), who ironically awarded me a Super Commenter award herself not a couple of months ago
- Trish @ Trish’s Reading Nook (23) who has been one of my faithful followers from the start of my blog
- Ann Darnton @ Table Talk (23), who I encountered first through The Sunday Salon.
Third, to express my gratitude to these 14 individuals, I want to give each of them a book from 14 books that I rated with either a 10 out of 10 or 5 out of 5 (under my new rating system).
The 14 books are:
- Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer 10/10
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 10/10
- Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin 10/10
- 180 More: Extraordinary Poems For Every Day, edited by Billy Collins 10/10
- Sailing Alone Around The Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins 10/10
- Sister Pelagia and The White Bulldog by Boris Akunin
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 10/10
- Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe 10/10
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 5/5
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 5/5
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 5/5
- The Giver by Lois Lowry 5/5
- Black Boy by Richard Wright 5/5
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 5/5
I also have a 20th anniversary edition of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which includes a reader’s guide and interview with Coelho. While I did not enjoy it, I am sure one of you among the 14 might enjoy it. This will be given to the first one of you among the 14 who lays claim to it.
I already have a hardcover copy of The Giver and a gently-used paperback copy of Neverwhere. I will purchase the others, primarily in paperback, except in the case of the Sherman Alexie book which as of yet is not in paperback, and have them shipped to your address.
I will give Bookchronicle from Adventures in Reading first choice since she was the first commenter and then Jessica, Gautami, Trish and Ann the next four choices, with each getting the choice of what’s left over. I would ask that each of you respond to which book you want, perhaps giving a first and second choice in case the book you initially wanted was already taken, via e-mail at justareadingfool (at) gmail (dot) com by this Friday night, Oct. 24 at 11:59 p.m Eastern Daylight Time.
By Saturday morning, if not earlier, I will send out an e-mail to the remaining nine individuals on what’s left and then it will be on a “first requested, first got” basis. If I don’t hear from the remaining nine individuals by Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, I will open the remaining books to a drawing within the next week.
All books will be shipped by the end of November, hopefully in time for the holiday season wherever you live.
Third, I want to thank the following people who commented in the double digits: Heather @ Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books (18), The Literate Housewife Review 17, Joy @ Joy’s Blog 14, Julie @ Bookworm 14, Bybee @ Naked Without Books 14, thekoolaidmom @ In The Shadow of Mt. TBR 14, Andi @ Andi Lit 13, Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise 13, Elizabeth @ Thoughts from an Evil Overlord 13, Maggie @ Maggie Reads 12, Florinda @ The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting and Randomness 12, Raych @ books i done read 11 and Sarah @ Small World Reads 10.
Fourth, but certainly not last, I want to thank those who commented at least once, if not more times, up to nine times: Dewey @ The Hidden Side of A Leaf, Danica @ Facing Abuse, J. Kaye @ J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Megan @ Po(sey) Sessions, Maree @ Just Add Books, Amy @ The Sleepy Reader, Wisteria @ Bookworm’s Dinner, John @ Notes of A Book Dreamer, Sam @ The life and times of me!, Somer @ Some Reads, Laura @ Laura’s Reading Reflections, Sarah @ Puss Reboots, King Rat, Tanabata @ In Spring It is the Dawn, April @ These Words, Becca (Ravenous Reader) @ Bookstack, Sam @ Sam’s Book Blog, Literary Feline @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty, Stefanie @ So Many Books, Marie @ The Boston Bibliophile, Terri @ Reading, Writing and Retirement, Suey @ It’s All About Books, Terri B. @ Tip of the Iceberg, Margaret @ BooksPlease, Bluestocking @ The Bluestocking Guide, Frumiousb @ Counting My Blessings, Softdrink @ Fizzy Thoughts, CJ Hill @ My Years of Reading Seriously, Sally @ Smiling Sally, Renay @ the deus ex machina complex (and other theories), Iliana @ bookgirl’s nightstand, M @ The True Confessions of a Book Lover Named M, Katherine @ A Girl Walks Into A Bookstore…, Matt @ A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook, Deb @ Chappy’s Mom, Kim H @ My Literary Travels, Christine @ She Reads Books, Shieldmaiden96 @ Dispatches from the Northern Outpost, Erin @ My Journey Through Reading, Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings, Trixie @ Reading and Writing About It, Belleza @ Dolce Belleza, Ruthie Reads, seachanges @ 51 Stories, Wendy @ caribousmom, Booktamer Ama @ Book Tamers, Debra Hamel @ The DEBlog, Meghan @ medieval bookworm, bethany @ B & b ex libris, Joanne @ Book Zombie, Swapna @ S. Krishna’s Books, raidergirl3 @ an adventure in reading, Bart @ Bart’s Bookshelf, Kristen @ Book Club Classics, Kim @ Page After Page, Katrina @ Katrina’s Reads, Sage @ Musings, Juliann @ The Blank Page, Rebecca @ The Book Lady’s Blog, Carrie @ Books and Movies, Kristi @ Passion for the Page, Shannon @ Confuzzled Books, Blake @ Bitchin’ Film Reviews, Rebecca @ Rebecca Reads, Joy @ Joystory, MizB @ Should Be Reading, Karen @ Planet Books, Lisa @ Books and Cooks, Ronda @ Ronda’s Rants, Valentina @ Valentina’s Room, Amy @ My Friend Amy, Naida @ the bookworm, Cheryl @ Life with Cheryl, Ruth @ Bookish Ruth, Amanda @ Life and Times of a “New” New Yorker, Traci @ Traci’s Book Bag, Jennifer @ 5 Minutes for Books, Clare D @ Keeper of the Snails, Mrs. S @ Blue Archipelago, Ann Kingman @ Books on the Nightstand, Jen @ Devourer of Books, Lenore @ Presenting Lenore, Debbe @ Friday Friends Book Blog, Mary @ Bookfan-Mary, Deb Nance @ Readerbuzz, Margaret @
Nanny Goats in Panties, Nymeth @ Things Mean A Lot, Jill @ Breaking The Spine, Marg @ Reading Adventures, Holly @ 2 Kids And Tired, Icedream @ Reading In Appalachia, Yasmin @ APPOOO Books, Charley @ Bending Bookshelf, Bermudaonion, Fyrefly Books, Janet @ Across The Page, Marcia @ The Printed Page, Alyce @ At Home With Books, Laura @ Musings, Natasha @ Maw Books, Michele @ Readers Respite, Mish @ Ruined by Reading, Rachel @ Old Musty Books, Memory @ Stella Matutina, Jill @ The Magic Lasso, Josette @ Books Love Me, Dani @ Average Girl Reads, Pam @ Dakota Pam, Heather @ What Was I Reading?, Nicole @ Linus’s Blanket, Sunny @ That Book Addiction, Beth Fish Reads, and Lisa @ Books Lists Life.
I also want to thank another commenter who signs her comments only as “kegsoccer” with her e-mail address and who has left comments several times.
I truly appreciate all of your support and hope to see you all in another 200 posts.